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Newsletter | Nov/Dec 2019

Volume 47:6
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Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year to all!

Thank you all for coming to our OWA Annual Holiday Party! Special thanks to Judy Rowe for graciously opening her house for the party! Everyone enjoyed the amazing drink, food, and people! It was a great mixture of new and old members.

Thank you also to those who donated gifts to Hamilton Families, a non-profit organization providing housing solutions for Bay Area homeless, which we have supported for several years! Maryam dropped the gifts at the center.


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Leveraging this moment’s elevated awareness of the experiences of women in the workplace, and building on the collective action of multiple waves of women’s activism before us, we aim to create a space for dialogue. This initiative acknowledges and is motivated by the historical exclusion of women from the shaping of our environments and the minimizing of their contributions. The main objective is to provide a platform to ask what it means to be a woman in architecture, and through collaboration and exploration propose how it can be different.

Call for entry:
Rather than spotlighting the accomplishments of prominent individuals, WOMENWHODESIGN.ORG examines through storytelling the lived experience and contributions of the many. This platform asks what it means to be a woman in the broadly defined field of architecture, and through collaboration and exploration proposes how it can be different.

Why do women architects matter? How do career and human life cycles intersect, interfere and inform each other? What has been your experience as a woman in architecture? What obstacles have you overcome, or not? How are you living your vision for the future? We invite you to explore these questions and more...

This is a juried international exhibition and is open to groups or individuals at least 18 years old.* If the individual(s) is/are the sole principal(s) of a firm, the firm name must be listed as well.

*Submissions for individuals under 18 years will be considered but will need to be submitted by a parent or guardian.

We are seeking a diverse selection of work relevant to the exhibition theme that will engage visitors of all ages and life experiences. Opportunities for public interaction are highly encouraged.

A survey will be distributed to members of professional organizations and made available to the general public. Like the exhibit, this survey will focus on stories more than data, documenting critical moments in the life cycle of women architects. Entrants may propose the inclusion of survey results in their work.

submission requirements:
Please submit in PDF format 500 hundred words maximum with up to two images of your concept. Text to include a brief bio and a description of your work or event, touching on how it could illuminate some aspect of the experience of women in and around the world of architecture. Please send submissions to:

Submissions may be for completed work or may propose a work to be created for this exhibit. Work in any medium (for example, physical, digital, or performative) will be considered.

Submissions may also be proposals for an Event. These will be hosted within the gallery, to occur concurrently to the exhibit. Entrants specifically for event proposals should contact to discuss further. for additional information.

Key dates:
• Submissions deadline: 5:00 p.m. PST (-8:00 GMT) onMarch 16, 2020

• Notification of shortlist: On or before April 15, 2020

• The jury may contact entrants for interviews or supplemental information

• Announcement of Participants: May 1, 2020

• Exhibition Date: October-November 2020

San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA*
*with potential to travel

There is no entry fee. However, artists are responsible for costs associated with shipping, handling, and execution. Financial assistance may be available.

Steering Committee transition meeting

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On January 5th, 2020 the old and new steering committee members met at Judy Row's home in Oakland for the annual Steering Committee transition meeting. We discussed the various Steering Committee positions and responsibilities for the new members and each person chose her new or continuing role.

The new steering committee chairs are as follows:
Policies & Procedures: Allison Kinst
Programs: Claire Hansen, Dena Kennett,Jiane Du
Public Relations: Gennifer Munoz
Membership: Leslie Golden
Newsletter: Mui Ho, Betty Woo
Information Administrator: Betty Woo

We also said a heartfelt thank you to those members rotating off the steering committee: Bridget Basham, Maryam Moayery Nia, and Carolyne Orazi. We'll miss them at the meetings but will see you soon at an upcoming OWA event.

We discussed membership strategies and potential upcoming programs. (See Programs) Finally, we set the Steering Committee meeting dates and locations for the 2020 calendar year. OWA members are always welcome at any Steering Committee meeting. If you are willing to attend the meeting, please contact us.

OWA+DP: Women's March Oakland 2020

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Kick-start 2020 at the Women's March in Oakland.

For information regarding 'getting all of us counted in 2020' please visit this page.

Date: January 18, 2020
Gathering Time: TBD
Gathering Location: Oakland, Frank Ogawa Plaza

Please RSVP here.

Directions: The 12th Street Oakland / Civic Center station is near the start and end of the march at Frank Ogawa Plaza. The 19th Street Oakland station is 0.2 miles from Frank Ogawa Plaza.

We look forward to seeing many of you there!
The OWA+DP 2020 Steering Committee

Time to renew!

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Please renew your membership if you have not already done so.

Pay online here or fill out the form below and mail it with your payment.

Membership types and associated annual membership fees are as follows:
Regular ($75) | Supporting ($150+) | Student ($40) | Out of Town-- more than 100 miles ($40)

Make checks payable to the Organization of Women Architects, and write Membership 2020 in the memo line.

Mail to:
Organization of Women Architects and Design Professionals
P.O. Box 10078
Berkeley, CA 94709

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